MSSF Culinary Blog

March Culinary Group Dinner

Posted on 13 February 2011 by Pat George

No hare this month. Crab instead for our March 7, 2011, MSSF Culinary Group Dinner.
We meet at 7 pm at the San Francisco County Fair Building (aka, Hall of Flowers), Golden Gate Park, 9th and Lincoln, San Francisco. The dinners are open to MSSF members in good standing and their guests. Reservations are required and must be made no later than Friday, March 4th. Make your reservation online or, if you cannot, contact Pat George at (510) 204-9130. We keep our reservation numbers at a maximum of 60 so reserve earlier rather than later.
Be sure to bring your own tableware including a tablecloth, linens, utensils, dishes and glassware as well as your favorite beverage. Also, bring an appetizer to share. The dinner will be $16 per person or $15 for seniors and students.
OUR MENU AND COOKS
Punch ……..Wendy So
Appetizers…Everyone
Roasted Garlic Crab….Alvaro Cavajal, Curt Haney, George Collier, Bill Hellums
Noodles……..Carol Hellums and Jane Colllier
Edamame and Lentil Salad….Liana Hain and Carol Reed
Mango Pudding…….Lisa Bacon, Jeannette Larson, Brandy Reynolds
Coffee…….Remo Arancio
NOTE: Remo can no longer continue to keep making the coffee for our dinners. We will need a volunteer after this dinner. Please consider taking over this important job.

We will have our riotous and righteous raffle so bring an item to donate that would be of interest to our group and you will receive 5 free raffle tickets.
Please help in the clean-up at the end of the dinner.
Be thinking about what you would like to have for the April dinner. Of course, we need volunteers to make that dinner happen.
See you there,
Pat

February Culinary Dinner – Laissez les bon temps rouler

Posted on 23 January 2011 by Pat George

Hello, Culinary Group Devotees! Welcome to our new world of website reservations. See directions below.

Our February dinner will take you way down south to New Orleans for a special Cajun MARDI GRAS FEAST. Chef Edwin Caba, known and admired by many here in the MSSF Culinary Group, will treat us to an exotic (at least for us Californians) menu.

We meet at 7 pm on Monday, February 7, 2011, at the San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 9th and Lincoln, San Francisco. Reservations are required and must be made no later than Friday, February 4, 2011. Make them early. We will accept no more than 60 reservations, including cooks. For this dinner, please register using the mssf.org website Calendar link. Go to the February calendar page and click on “Culinary Dinner” February 7. Then you can go to register for this event and sign up. You must be a current member of the MSSF to make reservations for yourself and your guests.
Reserve soon! Dining spaces are filling up quickly.
All Culinary Group dinners are open to MSSF members in good standing and their guests. The dinner price will be $25, $24 for seniors and students. Be sure to bring your own tableware as the venue provides only tables and chairs. Don’t forget your linens, including a tablecloth or place settings. We are no longer using up our natural resources to cover the tables and then throw away. Bring dishes and utensils, of course, and your favorite beverage. Chef Edwin says that both wine and beer go well with the menu. Be sure to bring an appetizer to share. Mushrooms in your appetizer will be especially appreciated at this dinner as they are not on the main menu.
We encourage you to carpool. Check the list of participants to see who is going in your area.

OUR MENU
Appetizers………….Everyone
Beverages………….Bring your favorite
Turtle Soup au Sherry with a Chopped Egg Garnish……….Chef Edwin
Cajun Jambalaya with Piquant Sauce…….Chef Edwin
Paneed Alligator with Lemon Caper Sauce…….Chef Edwin
Bread Pudding………..Chef Edwin
Coffee…………….. Remo Arancio

Our world famous raffle continues with the esteemed Curt Haney at the spinning cage. Donate something interesting and appropriate for a group of mushroomers and you’ll receive 5 free raffle tickets. Tickets are $1.00 each or 7 for $5.00.

We will seek your help cleaning up the venue after dinner so don’t run off right away.

Our next dinner will be March 7th and after that April 4th, then May 2. Mark your calendars!
Contact Pat George at plgeorge33@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

See you at dinner,
Pat

January Culinary Dinner

Posted on 10 November 2010 by Pat George

Greetings, MSSF Culinary Group Enthusiasts!

January 3, 2011, DINNER NOTICE – A Traditional Italian Winter Dinner

We meet, as usual, at 7 pm in the San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 9th and Lincoln, SF.

As usual, reservations are required and must be made no later than Thursday, Dec. 30 by 5 pm (so we can order meat before the New Year’s weekend). A vegetarian choice will be available but you must indicate that you wish to have vegetarian fare. To make your reservation, go to:
Projects/Committees, “* JANUARY 3, 2011 Culinary Dinner” is first in the list, just below the description, click Sign-up…
alternatively, you can phone Pat George at (510) 204-9130 to make your reservation, or for any questions you have about the Culinary Group or the dinner.

We limit our number of diners to 60, including cooks.
Culinary Group dinners are open to MSSF members in good standing and their guests.

The dinner price will be $16, $15 for seniors and students.
A New Menu for the New Year

Appetizers Everyone
Salad Sandy Waks
Punch Norm Andresen
A Ragu of Wild Boar served with a layer of cheese on a bed
of polenta
Norm Andresen, Lisa Bacon and Lisa Gorman
A Vegetarian Ragu on a layer of cheese on a bed
of polenta
Norm Andresen, Lisa Bacon and Lisa Gorman
Panna cotta Honoria Sarmento, Monique Carment
Coffee Remo Arancio

Remember to bring your own tableware as the venue does not provide dishes, utensils, etc., nor beverages. Also bring an appetizer to share. We encourage you to carpool. A listing of our membership by city can be found in the MSSF member roster.

Oh, yes, and we do need you to help clean up and put away chairs after the dinner.

We will resume our grand raffle with Curt Haney at the spinning cage. Bring something interesting to raffle, preferably mushroom themed, your artisan products, etc. and you will receive 5 free tickets.

This is our first dinner for 2011, our next dinner which will be February 7, 2011.

For the February 7th dinner, we are expecting to have a Cajun style Mardi Gras menu prepared by a local chef, Edwin Caba. He’s cooked for us before and everyone asked to have him do it again. The cost will be a bit higher. Details to come.

See you in the New Year,
Pat & Stephanie
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Holiday Dinner!

Posted on 08 November 2010 by Pat George

An evening of culinary delight.

Saturday, December 11, 7 PM at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany

For more information, email Stephanie Wright, or contact her by phone, 510-654-6279


Round tables seating 7-8 people will be will be pre-set with linens, china, silverware and glasses.
(You do not need to bring your own this year!)


Appetizers are brought by members, who get a raffle ticket in return. Contribution of appropriate raffle items (as determined by Curt Haney), also earns a raffle ticket. Tickets cannot be purchased – they are only available by contribution.


MENU

  • Mixed Greens with Pears and Persimmons, Toasted Almonds and Pomegranate Vinaigrette. Point Reyes Blue Cheese (optional)
  • Wild and Domestic Mushroom Soup with Melted Leeks
  • Your choice of entrĂ©es:
    1. Roast Filet of Beef with Seasonal Wild Mushrooms in a Cognac Demi Glace
    2. Seared Wild Alaska Salmon with Abalone and Oyster Mushrooms, White Wine, Lemon, and Tarragon
    3. Portabella Mushroom Stuffed with Chanterelles and Quinoa topped with a Wild Mushroom Ragout. Goat Cheese Garnish (optional)
  • Side Dishes
    • Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Sunchokes
    • Garlic Tossed Wilted Greens
    • Roast Baby Carrots and Parsnips scented with Black Truffle Oil
  • Desserts: Assorted Selection

We will have water, punch and coffee available. Bring other beverages of choice.
Note: All side dishes are vegan and gluten free. Some dessert choices will also be vegan and/or gluten free.


The Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue Map, is very easy to get to, and there is ample parking. Use the Buchanan Street exit off 880 or 580, keep to the right, it turns into Marin Ave. (There is a parking lot behind the building, and street parking along the BART tracks immediately adjacent. The venue asks that people not park in the residential neighborhood). We encourage car-pooling as always.

November Culinary Dinner

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Pat George

Greetings, MSSF Culinary Group Enthusiasts!

November 1, 2010, DINNER NOTICE

We meet, as usual, at 7 pm in the San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 9th and Lincoln, SF.

Reservations must be in by Friday, Oct. 29th. Contact Pat George at (510) 204-9130 or plgeorge33@yahoo.com to make your reservation or for any questions you have about the Culinary Group or the dinner.

We limit our number of diners to 60, including cooks.
Culinary Group dinners are open to MSSF members in good standing and their guests.

The dinner price will be $16, $15 for seniors and students.
A French Menu for November 1, 2010

Punch Al Carvajal
Salad Carol Reed
Bread Norm Andresen
Cassoulet Lisa Gorman, Alexis Soule, David Suurballe
Pear and Frangipane Tart Zoe Amey-Caldwell
Coffee Remo Arancio

Remember to bring your own tableware as the venue does not provide dishes, utensils, etc., nor beverages. Also bring an appetizer to share. We encourage you to carpool. A listing of our membership by city can be found in the MSSF member roster.

We will resume our grand raffle with Curt Haney at the spinning cage. Bring something interesting to raffle, preferably mushroom themed, your artisan products, etc. and you will receive 5 free tickets.

This is our last dinner for 2010, our next dinner which will be January 3, 2011.

The holiday dinner will be on Saturday, December 11 – more details later!

We’ll need your help to clean up and put the chairs back where the venue wants them left.

See you there,
Pat & Stephanie
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